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  •  It's good for Graham, too (23+ / 0-)

    How many viable Republicans in SC will pass up a run for the open seat in order to fund a challenge to Graham from the right?

    If missiles were falling where my two daughters sleep, I would do everything in order to stop that. -- President Barack Obama

    by JPhurst on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:41:03 AM PST

    •  Although I guess.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....it won't really be open, since Haley will have appointed someone.

      If missiles were falling where my two daughters sleep, I would do everything in order to stop that. -- President Barack Obama

      by JPhurst on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:53:49 AM PST

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      •  Also Graham's seat would be for 6 year term (6+ / 0-)

        DeMints would have to have a special in 2014 and then his seat up again as per schedule in 2016.  So beat Graham in 2014 and serve until 2020, win DeMint seat and have to run again in 2016.  

        They have the billionaires, We have the Big Dog!

        by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:59:36 AM PST

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        •  whoever gets appointed (0+ / 0-)

          will probably not run in 2014 (not enough time to lay groundwork, secure funds, etc)

          The same will be said of the winner of the 2014 special election - again, only a two year window before re-election.

          My guess is SC will see back to back 2 year Senators.

          I don't know if that will make them more likely to veer to the extreme right, but my guess is they will...

          "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

          by ARS on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:07:22 AM PST

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          •  I doubt that. Two years is plenty of time - (1+ / 0-)
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            especially because it's not like there were tons of people gearing up for a challenge.  Also they'd be running an incumbant.  Look at NY.  Gilibrand won back to back special and regular general - two years after she was appointed and two years after that.

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            by AUBoy2007 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:32:11 AM PST

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            •  Gillbrand (0+ / 0-)

              didn't have to fight off any serious opposition from the left.

              Whoever gets appointed will (most likely) have to face a serious threat in 2014 because the other SC Senate seat is also up for election that year, and anyone who has an once of political savvy will go after a 2 year appointee before they'll try to take on Lindsay Graham.

              "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

              by ARS on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:42:31 AM PST

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              •  So they'll give up? (0+ / 0-)

                I don't understand.  Whoever gets appointed, unless it's an obvious caretaker who promises not to run again, has the same amount of time to build up a machine for him/herself as any challenger.  Plus they'll be an incumbant.  And since most of the SC GOP is batshit insane to the right, it's not like the appointee will be some sort of moderate who would fear a challenge from the right.  Yes, there will be a challenge (likely, but not absolutely - they could pull a Gilibrand in that they do what they need to in order to prevent any - fundraising, networking, etc.)

                Also, whoever gets elected in 2014 will have already proven themsleves electorally.  Why in the world would they not run/lose in 2016 (barring anything unforseen).

                I just think your comment about two two-year Senators completely ignores the reality of the situation.

                One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

                by AUBoy2007 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:26:06 AM PST

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